Judas Child by Carol O’Connell

  

Reviewed for http://bleachhouselibrary.blogspot.ie 
Before receiving this book, I’d never heard of this author, so I was unsure when I first started reading it. Going into a book blind always makes me wonder will it be a book I love or hate.
Judas Child starts a few days before Christmas. Two young girls have disappeared, and it has echoes of a crime that took place fifteen years previously. Rouge Kendall is a member of the police in Makers Village, and his twin sister was kidnapped and murdered all those years ago. Apparently, her killer, a priest, was apprehended and has been in jail ever since.
However, when these two girls go missing, Kendall starts to question whether they have the right person, even more so when they question the priest and he knows nothing of the two girls who have been taken. Ali Cray, a forensic psychologist and previous inhabitant of the small town has also returned with questions of her own.
The characters in this book are, for the most part, well drawn. A lot of the stereotypical problems are there for some of them (money issues, private affairs and so on), but I found the little girls to be the best written. Their innocence and naivety was captured well, along with precociousness and their fierce bonds of friendship. 
I don’t want to go into detail on the plot, as a lot of it intertwines for the twists in the book. Sufficed to say, when they finally start unravelling everything, there are some genuine shockers in there. I found myself thinking a few times “will you just go and talk to X because they know something that can help!!!!!” which I guess is a sign of a good book as it was frustrating to see the lack of communication between some of the investigators. 
I have to be honest, this wouldn’t be my most favourite of books, I found it took a while to get going. I was well over halfway through before anything happened that made me want to keep going. Once I got past that, the pace picked up. I thought the switching between investigators got confusing after a while, and I found myself having to reread a few paragraphs, which I never normally do! The book has an epilogue, which pretty much ties the whole plot together (but also left me with a couple of unanswered questions). 
All in all, a decent read. I gave Judas Child 3 stars on Goodreads. Happy reading!

Her by Harriet Lane

 

First of all, I’d like to thank Margaret Madden of  Bleach House Library for sending me this book! You can find her here: http://bleachhouselibrary.blogspot.ie/

I had seen Her around on a few blogs and coming up in my news feed on Facebook so when this was suggested as a swap over on Rick O’Shea’s book swap page, I jumped at the chance to read it! 

The blurb from Amazon is as follows; 

Two women; two different worlds.

Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. 

Nina is sophisticated and independent – entirely in control. 

When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn’t the first time the women’s paths have crossed. Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did.

But what exactly does Nina want from her? 

And how far will she go in pursuit of it?

I hadn’t read many reviews of the book (I tend to avoid reviews of books I’m dying to read in case they put me off!!) so I went into it not knowing what to expect!

The book is written in alternate chapters by the main characters Nina and Emma, which I’m guessing is to give both versions of the events that took place, but which only serves to annoy me when I start reading! 

Nina seems well put together; an artist, second marriage but happy, teenage daughter, yada yada! Emma is a mother and portrayed as struggling to be seen as anything other than a mother I think! Married, with 2 kids, left a glamorous job and yearns for something more. Both equally annoying in my opinion.

I didn’t find this book to be a psychological thriller, in parts where this tag was applied, the actions were little more than petty mind games. Maybe it’s that I’ve read so many psych thrillers that I’ve become desensitised to the acts themselves but I really didn’t find this book chilling in any way.

In relation to how the women know each other, this is alluded to maybe three quarters of the way through the book, and even then it is quite vague so it is hard to discern what it was Emma did to make Nina do the things she’s doing. Without spoiling it for you, I will just say I was disappointed with the ending. I looked twice, it was still rubbish.

I gave this book 1* on Goodreads, and even that was too much for it if you ask me! One of those books I wish I didn’t read!

Live and learn.

Happy Reading! πŸ˜ŠπŸ“–